GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (7-14-5-3) at Dallas Stars (11-15-3-0).
TIME: Friday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars look to snap a season-high five-game losing streak when
they host the Chicago Blackhawks, who are coming off their first win in 15
Dallas has been outscored 13-3 in its last five games, which included an 0-4
road trip that ended with Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Rookie
Trevor Daley scored his first NHL goal on a power play at 8:20 of the third
period, helping Dallas avoid its third shutout loss in four games.
The Stars have scored one goal or fewer in each of their last five games,
but coach Dave Tippet did see some positive signs in Wednesday's loss.
"I certainly think we played hard tonight, that's progress to me," he
said. "But we've got to keep pounding the puck at the net and some of them
will go in for us. We are a very desperate team, and we will continue to be
desperate until we get the wins."
The injury-riddled Stars may get a boost to their lineup with the possible
return of center Jason Arnott. Arnott, who has been nursing a strained groin
since Dec. 6, skated with the team Thursday and will try to play Friday.
"We'll definitely try ... and see how it goes," said Arnott, who has 20
points in 25 games. "I don't know for sure yet. We'll just have to see how it
reacts. I don't want to push it too much and get set back any further, but I
want to get back in there."
Other Dallas players sidelined by injuries are Steve Ott (lower back
strain), Richard Matvichuk (knee injury), Philippe Boucher (fractured orbital
bone), Teppo Numminen (fractured foot), and Aaron Downey (fractured hip). Stars
center Pierre Turgeon missed practice with the flu and is questionable for
Chicago snapped its longest winless streak in 44 years with a 4-3 overtime
win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. The Blackhawks went 0-9-2-3 during
their skid, matching an 0-11-3 slump by the 1959-60 team.
Mark Bell scored 15 seconds into overtime for the win Thursday. Rookie Tuomo
Ruutu, Igor Radulov and Tyler Arnason also scored for Chicago. Arnason's goal
was his second in three games after going 11 games without one.
Rookie goalie Michael Leighton stopped 30 shots for just his second win in